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  1. The Tao or Dao of Being Human / Humanity
  2. Human Race / Humanity...
  3. Human Nature
  4. Empathy / Humanity
  5. Tengu
  6. Holy Man / Saint
  7. Mermaid / Merman
  8. Live for What You Love
  9. Life in Balance / Balancing Life
10. Forgiveness
11. Hitori
12. Life Goes On
13. Life is Short
14. Relax
15. Siddhartha
16. Life is Good
17. Kansei Engineering...
18. Goodness / Good Deed
19. Fire and Water Have No Mercy
20. Body
21. Enjoy Life
22. Rise and Fall / Ups and Downs
23. Ichigo
24. Life is Good / Life is Beautiful
25. Mermaid
26. Pain
27. Sword of Death


The Tao or Dao of Being Human / Humanity

China rén dào
Japan jindou
The Tao or Dao of Being Human / Humanity Wall Scroll

人道 is literally the "The Way of Being Human," or "The Human Way." It can also be translated as "humanity."

This word has a secondary meaning of "sidewalk" as in "the way for people to walk" (in Japanese and Korean only). But as calligraphy artwork, nobody will read it with that translation.

Please note that there are two ways to Romanized Dao or Tao as in Daoism = Taoism. It's the same word in Chinese.

Human Race / Humanity
Mankind

China rén lèi
Japan jinrui
Human Race / Humanity / Mankind Wall Scroll

人類 is the way to say mankind or humankind in Chinese. It's kind of the "animal title" for human. 人類 is the word you would use if you said this phrase in Chinese, "Mammals include dolphins, monkeys, dogs, and humans among others."

人類 is a weird selection for a calligraphy wall scroll. But a customer begged me to add this word.

Human Nature

China rén xìng
Human Nature Wall Scroll

This title is the essence of what it means to act and be human.

These two characters refer to the way we are as people.

人性 is also sometimes translated as human personality, human instinct, humanity, or humanism.

The first character literally means human or people.

The second character means nature. It can also mean property, quality, attribute, or essence. It can even be a modifier like "-ity" or "-ness," which is why this word is also translated as "humanity."

Empathy / Humanity

China rén qíng
Japan ninjou
Empathy / Humanity Wall Scroll

This title can apply to a lot of meanings including: humanity; empathy; kindness; sympathy; human nature; human emotions; human interaction.

Tengu

China tiān gǒu
Japan ten gu
Tengu Wall Scroll

天狗 is the Japanese title for Tengu, which roughly translates as, "heavenly dog."

Tengu are a type of legendary creature found in Japanese folk religion and are also considered a type of Shinto god (kami) or yōkai (supernatural beings).

The origin is Chinese, though this term is seldom used in Chinese any more. It was a dog-like Chinese demon (Tiangou)

Although the title contains the word "dog," the tengu are often depicted with human and bird-like characteristics. Sometimes they have large noses or beaks like birds.

Holy Man / Saint

China shèng rén
Japan seijin
Holy Man / Saint Wall Scroll

This can mean saint, sage, or holy man.

Note: There is more than one way to express this idea. This one really matches "Holy man" because the second character means "human" or "person" (therefore, this could equally mean "Holy woman").

Mermaid / Merman

(Unisex)
China rén yú
Japan nin gyo
Mermaid / Merman Wall Scroll

人魚 is the Japanese Kanji, Korean Hanja and Chinese word for "merman" or "mermaid."

It literally means "human fish."

人魚 is a non-gender-specific or unisex word in all three languages.

Live for What You Love

Japan jin sei ou ka
Live for What You Love Wall Scroll

人生謳歌 means, "live for what you love" in Japanese.

The first two characters mean "human life" or simply "living." The last two characters mean, "merit," "prosperity," or "what you enjoy." This phrase can suggest working or staying busy for your own goals (in your career).


See Also:  Prosperity

Life in Balance / Balancing Life

The art of balancing your life
China píng héng rén shēng
Japan hei kou jin sei
Life in Balance / Balancing Life Wall Scroll

This title suggests that you are actively trying to keep your life in balance. Think of this as being the action-verb of seeking or having a balanced life.

The first two characters mean balance, equilibrium or keeping things equal.

The last two characters mean "life." Literally "human life."

Forgiveness

China shù
Forgiveness Wall Scroll

This character means to forgive, show mercy, absolve, or excuse in Chinese and Korean Hanja (though mostly used in compound words in Korean).

This character incorporates the pictogram of a heart at the bottom, and a woman and a mouth at the top. The heart portion has the most significance, as it is suggested that it is the heart's nature to forgive.
In Asian culture, as with most other cultures, forgiveness is an act of benevolence and altruism. In forgiving, you put yourself in someone else's shoes and show them the kindness that you would want them to show you. Confucius referred to this quality as "human-heartedness."

Hitori

Japan hito ri
Hitori Wall Scroll

人里 is a Japanese given name, 人里, which romanizes as Hitori.

The meaning is something like "human habitation." The first Kanji means a person, and the second means village.

Life Goes On

Japan jin sei ha tsudu ku
Life Goes On Wall Scroll

人生は続く is a Japanese phrase that expresses, "Life Goes On."

The first two characters mean "life" (literally "human life").
The third character is a particle which connects the ideas in this phrase.
The last two characters mean "to continue," "to last," "to go on," "to occur again and again."


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Life is Short

Even a 100-year-old is but a traveler passing through this life
China bǎi suì guāng yīn rú guò kè
Life is Short Wall Scroll

百歲光陰如過客 directly translates as: [Even a] hundred-year-old [person] is [just a] traveler passing by.

The simple message is, "Human life is short." Of course, there is an unspoken suggestion that you should make the best of the time you have here on earth.

Life is Short

Japan jinsei ha mijikai
Life is Short Wall Scroll

人生は短い is "life is short" in Japanese.

The character breakdown:
人生 (jinsei) life (i.e. conception to death); human life, living, lifetime.
は (ha/wa) particle (means "is" in this case).
短い (mijikai) short.


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Relax

Chill Out
China fàng sōng
Relax Wall Scroll

放鬆 means to relax in Chinese.

In most cases it's used to suggest that a person "relax," "hang loose" or "chill out."

In context where this word is not applied to a human, it can mean to loosen, as in to loosen a knot in a rope.

Siddhartha

China xī dá duō
Japan shiddatta / shiddaruta
Siddhartha Wall Scroll

悉達多 is the name Siddhartha (as in Siddhartha Gautama), the personal name for Śākyamuni.

This same Buddha is also known as "Shakyamuni Gautama," "Gotama Buddha," or "Tathagata."

Siddhartha Gautama was a spiritual teacher in the northern region of the Indian subcontinent who founded Buddhism. He is generally seen by Buddhists as the Supreme Buddha (Sammāsambuddha) of known human history.

The actual meaning of this name in Chinese is the realization of all aims, or simply being prosperous.


This name is sometimes romanized from the original Sanskrit or Pali as Siddhattha (from Siddhattha Gotama), Siddharth, Siddhārtha, or Sarvāthasiddha.

Siddhārtha or Sarvāthasiddha can also be written as 悉達, 悉多, 悉多頞他, or 悉陀.

Life is Good

China rén shēng liáng hǎo
Japan jin sei ryou kou
Life is Good Wall Scroll

人生良好 means "life is good" in Japanese.

The first two characters mean "life" (as in your or a human lifespan).

The last two characters mean "good."

This also makes sense in Chinese but it reads more like, "life is all right."

Kansei Engineering
Sense Engineering

China gǎn xìng gōng xué
Japan kansei kougaku
Kansei Engineering / Sense Engineering Wall Scroll

In short, kansei engineering involves collecting data on human experiences with a product, and then designing or engineering improvements based on those experiences or "senses." Some may define this as "engineering around the human experience."

There is a lot more to know about kansei but if you are looking for this word, you probably already know the big picture.

Note: This term is very new in China, and only used by businesses, factories, and engineers that are implementing TQM principles. While the characters have the same base meaning in both languages, this is really a Japanese title that is flowing back into the Chinese language (in history, most things flowed from China to Japan). To a Chinese person that is not familiar with this concept, they may interpret this as "sense vocational studies," which doesn't make much sense. You may have to explain the intended meaning to some Chinese viewers. But that can make it a great conversation piece.

感性工學 is also a newer term in Korean, and is only used in certain parts of industry, with the definition of "Sensory Engineering." Not yet in widespread use in Korea.


See Also:  Kaizen

Goodness / Good Deed

China shàn
Japan zen
Goodness / Good Deed Wall Scroll

This word means goodness, virtue, good deed, charitable, benevolent, well-disposed, nice, pleasant, kind, or simply, "good."

善 is the kind of good that applies to someone's good character, or a good person in general.

Referring to someone with this word means that they have a well-aimed moral compass, are charitable, giving, wise, and honest. Basically, this is a blanket statement for every good trait a human can have, or all the things that make someone good.

In another context, it can mean to improve or perfect something or refer to someone who is good at something.

Fire and Water Have No Mercy

China shuǐ huǒ wú qíng
Fire and Water Have No Mercy Wall Scroll

This Chinese proverb means, "fire [and] water have-not mercy." This serves to remind us that the forces of nature are beyond human control.

Some may also translation this as, "implacable fate."

Body

China shēn
Japan mi
Body Wall Scroll

身 is how to write "body" as in your human body, in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and Korean Hanja. Depending on context and certain language issues, this character can also mean: main part, hull, oneself, somebody, person, I, me, sword, lifetime, one's station in life, etc.

While this written word is universal in three languages, it still makes a rather odd selection for a wall scroll. Also, they tend to use 体 (karada) in Japanese for body (depending on context).


See Also:  Karada

Enjoy Life

Japan jin sei o tano shi mi ni shi te i ru
Enjoy Life Wall Scroll

人生を楽しみにしている is one way to write "enjoy life" in Japanese.

The character breakdown:
人生 (jinsei) life (i.e. conception to death) human lifetime, living.
を (o) connecting particle.
楽しみ (tanoshimi) enjoyment; pleasure; anticipation; looking forward to.
に (ni) connecting particle.
し (shi) to do; to cause; to become; to make (into).
て (te) connecting particle.
いる (iru) indicates continuing action or resulting state.


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Rise and Fall / Ups and Downs

Eiko-Seisui
Japan ei ko sei sui
Rise and Fall / Ups and Downs Wall Scroll

This Japanese proverb can be translated as, "flourish and wither, prosper and perish," "life is full of fortune and misfortune," or simply "vicissitudes of life."

栄枯盛衰 / 榮枯盛衰 is about the rise and fall of human affairs, or the ups and downs of life. Prosperity comes and goes, everything is fleeting and temporary but like waves, another swell of prosperity may come.

Here's how the Kanji break down in this proverb:
栄 = prosper. thrive. flourish. boom.
枯 = wither. die.
盛 = prosperous. flourishing. thriving. successful. active. energetic. vigorous. lively. enthusiastic. popular.
衰 = become weaker. decline. get weak. die down. subside. abate. fail.


Notes:
榮The original version of the first character looks like the image to the right. In modern Japan, they simplified that Kanji a bit into the version shown above. If you have a preference for which style is used for your calligraphy, please let me know when you place your order.

Apparently, with that original version of the first character, this is also used in Korean Hanja. However, I have not confirmed that it's used in the same way or is widely-known in Korean. Korean pronunciation is shown above for reference only.

Ichigo

Japanese animation character
Japan ichi go
Ichigo Wall Scroll

一護 is Ichigo as in 黒崎一護 (Kurosaki Ichigo) the Japanese animation character who is part human but with transient Shinigami powers.

Life is Good / Life is Beautiful

Japan jinsei wa subarashii
Life is Good / Life is Beautiful Wall Scroll

人生は素晴らしい means "life is good," "life is great," or "life is beautiful" in Japanese.

The first two characters mean "life" (as in your or a human lifespan).

The third character kind of means "is."

The last five characters are a long adjective that means wonderful, splendid, and/or magnificent. In the context of life it reads more like good or beautiful.


Note: Because this selection contains some special Japanese Hiragana characters, it should be written by a Japanese calligrapher.

Mermaid

China měi rén yú
Mermaid Wall Scroll

美人魚 is the Chinese word for mermaid.

It literally means "beautiful human fish."

Pain

ache / sorrow
China tòng
Japan tsuu / ita
Pain Wall Scroll

This word means pain in Chinese and old Korean Hanja. It also means pain/hurt/bruise in Japanese but is seldom seen as a single Kanji (usually at least a Hiragana is added to make the word "itai" which is what a Japanese person will scream when they are in pain).

Depending on context, this word can mean hurt, ache, sorrow, or refer to damage to a human body. As a single character, the possible meanings are very open - so you can decide what it means to you, as long as the general meaning is still "painful."


See Also:  Hurt

Sword of Death

Japan satsu jin ken
Sword of Death Wall Scroll

殺人剣 is a Japanese title for "Death Sword," "Life Taking Sword" or "satsujinken." 殺人剣 is the opposite of katsujinken, or the "life saving sword." This title is not as commonly used in Japanese but pairs well when hung with katsujinken.

The first two Kanji are a word that translates as homicide; to murder; to kill (a person). 殺人剣 is specifically to kill a person (as the second character means person or human) as opposed to an animal, etc.

The last Kanji is the Japanese variant of the originally-Chinese character for sword.


See Also:  Katsujinken




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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
The Tao or Dao of Being Human
Humanity
人道jindou / jindorén dào / ren2 dao4 / ren dao / rendao jen tao / jentao
Human Race
Humanity
Mankind
人類
人类
jinruirén lèi / ren2 lei4 / ren lei / renlei jen lei / jenlei
Human Nature 人性rén xìng / ren2 xing4 / ren xing / renxing jen hsing / jenhsing
Empathy
Humanity
人情ninjou / ninjorén qíng / ren2 qing2 / ren qing / renqing jen ch`ing / jenching / jen ching
Tengu 天狗ten gu / tengutiān gǒu / tian1 gou3 / tian gou / tiangou t`ien kou / tienkou / tien kou
Holy Man
Saint
聖人
圣人
seijinshèng rén
sheng4 ren2
sheng ren
shengren
sheng jen
shengjen
Mermaid
Merman
人魚
人鱼
nin gyo / ningyorén yú / ren2 yu2 / ren yu / renyu jen yü / jenyü
Live for What You Love 人生謳歌jin sei ou ka
jinseiouka
jin sei o ka
jinseioka
Life in Balance
Balancing Life
平衡人生hei kou jin sei
heikoujinsei
hei ko jin sei
heikojinsei
píng héng rén shēng
ping2 heng2 ren2 sheng1
ping heng ren sheng
pinghengrensheng
p`ing heng jen sheng
pinghengjensheng
ping heng jen sheng
Forgiveness shù / shu4 / shu
Hitori 人里hito ri / hitori
Life Goes On 人生は続くjin sei ha tsudu ku
jinseihatsuduku
Life is Short 百歲光陰如過客
百岁光阴如过客
bǎi suì guāng yīn rú guò kè
bai3 sui4 guang1 yin1 ru2 guo4 ke4
bai sui guang yin ru guo ke
baisuiguangyinruguoke
pai sui kuang yin ju kuo k`o
paisuikuangyinjukuoko
pai sui kuang yin ju kuo ko
Life is Short 人生は短いjinsei ha mijikai
jinseihamijikai
Relax 放鬆
放松
fàng sōng
fang4 song1
fang song
fangsong
fang sung
fangsung
Siddhartha 悉達多
悉达多
shiddatta / shiddarutaxī dá duō
xi1 da2 duo1
xi da duo
xidaduo
hsi ta to
hsitato
Life is Good 人生良好jin sei ryou kou
jinseiryoukou
jin sei ryo ko
jinseiryoko
rén shēng liáng hǎo
ren2 sheng1 liang2 hao3
ren sheng liang hao
renshenglianghao
jen sheng liang hao
jenshenglianghao
Kansei Engineering
Sense Engineering
感性工學
感性工学
kansei kougaku
kanseikougaku
kansei kogaku
kanseikogaku
gǎn xìng gōng xué
gan3 xing4 gong1 xue2
gan xing gong xue
ganxinggongxue
kan hsing kung hsüeh
kanhsingkunghsüeh
Goodness
Good Deed
zenshàn / shan4 / shan
Fire and Water Have No Mercy 水火無情
水火无情
shuǐ huǒ wú qíng
shui3 huo3 wu2 qing2
shui huo wu qing
shuihuowuqing
shui huo wu ch`ing
shuihuowuching
shui huo wu ching
Body mishēn / shen1 / shen
Enjoy Life 人生を楽しみにしているjin sei o tano shi mi ni shi te i ru
Rise and Fall
Ups and Downs
栄枯盛衰 / 榮枯盛衰
荣枯盛衰
ei ko sei sui
eikoseisui
Ichigo 一護ichi go / ichigo
Life is Good
Life is Beautiful
人生は素晴らしいjinsei wa subarashii
jinseiwasubarashii
jinsei wa subarashi
jinseiwasubarashi
Mermaid 美人魚
美人鱼
měi rén yú
mei3 ren2 yu2
mei ren yu
meirenyu
mei jen yü
meijenyü
Pain tsuu / ita / tsu / ita / tsu/itatòng / tong4 / tong t`ung / tung
Sword of Death 殺人剣
杀人剣
satsu jin ken
satsujinken
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The wall scroll that Sandy is holding in this picture is a "large size"
single-character wall scroll.
We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.

A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.

A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.


Check out my lists of Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls and Old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scrolls.

Some people may refer to this entry as Human Kanji, Human Characters, Human in Mandarin Chinese, Human Characters, Human in Chinese Writing, Human in Japanese Writing, Human in Asian Writing, Human Ideograms, Chinese Human symbols, Human Hieroglyphics, Human Glyphs, Human in Chinese Letters, Human Hanzi, Human in Japanese Kanji, Human Pictograms, Human in the Chinese Written-Language, or Human in the Japanese Written-Language.